Mellanie explains the Simple 5-Step Program (HEART Program). Mellanie True Hills is a heart survivor, an AFIB patient advocate and the author of A Woman's Guide to Saving Her Own Life: The HEART Program for Health & Longevity.
Mellanie True Hills:
Well, I call it the HEART program. The H is for healthy eating. Do you know what are the good fats, what are the bad fats, and what are the ugly fats? What fats you should have, what you shouldn’t, in order to have a heart-healthy life?
Do you know what other things you should eat? Fruits and vegetables, grains, we find that by being overweight, we’re actually putting ourselves more at risk of a heart attack, but is a low carb diet appropriate? Not really because you’re not getting the complex carbohydrates you need for brain health and also to protect your heart.
So knowing how to eat appropriately for your heart is an important first step. The E in the HEART program is for exercising daily, making sure that you get both weight-bearing exercise and cardiovascular exercise. Do you know how much you need each day? You know what are the requirements? Recommendations are 30 to 60 minutes every day if possible, but at least 4 to 5 days a week.
The A in the HEART program is for attitude about stress. It’s how you manage your stress. Stress is not easy to manage, but by thinking about it differently, that’s a great first step. We know lots of ways to manage stress, lots of tips and techniques such as exercise, going and taking a walk, going and taking a nice bubble bath, those kinds of things.
But I think the primary thing we can do is to change our attitude about stress because if we can turn bad stress into good, because of how we think about it, it doesn’t have the same ill effects on us. Stress is the keystone. Once you get your stress under control, all the other pieces of your heart program fall into place.
So the R is for rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation, and that’s about making sure that you’re getting enough sleep. It’s, that something that we don’t think about is a risk for heart disease, but a study recently found that getting 5 or fewer hours of sleep, two nights a week, triples your risk of a heart attack.
So rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation are really important and they will help you manage that stress as well. And finally the T is for take proactive control of your health. That means being educated, knowing what’s going on in the health and medical field and becoming a proactive partner with your healthcare provider.
So the HEART program is five simple steps that can save your life.
Heart Survivor, Author, and Speaker Mellanie is a heart survivor and the author of A Woman's Guide to Saving Her Own Life: The HEART Program for Health & Longevity. After having a brush with death in emergency heart surgery, Mellanie now uses her second chance to coach individuals in creating healthy lifestyles and organizations in creating healthy, productive workplaces.
Heart disease is the #1 killer, and stroke is #3. In the US each day, we lose nearly 3,000 men and women to heart disease and stroke. Forty per cent of us will get, and die from, heart disease or stroke. But it is preventable, if you know what to do.
Women have different heart symptoms than men, and they're typically very subtle, so for women, the first symptom is frequently a heart attack. Knowing those symptoms can save your life.
Mellanie's mission is to spread awareness of how to save your own life. She provides a message of hope and encouragement, sharing how to take control, decrease stress, and protect against heart disease. Audiences consistently say, You changed my life.
To further this mission, Mellanie is the founder and CEO of the American Foundation for Women's Health.
Mellanie also works with organizations that want healthy, productive workplaces to decrease stress and keep employees healthy, including how to leverage technology and culture in doing so.
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